Woodhall Spa Tennis Club ladies’ team have been busy in recent weeks, playing in the Slazenger Seniors Winter League, having won promotion last winter to Division Two.
Their first match was against Louth indoor first team. Spa captain Sue Leggate struggled to find four players available on the day, but Sam Parker and Alison Lauder, Helen Mair and Emma Lamyman stepped into the breach. They battled hard but lost overall by 3-1.
The following match was a much closer encounter which was played in bright autumn sunshine in Jubilee Park against St James second team from Grimsby. Alison Lauder and Sue Leggate won both of their rubbers but Lorraine Shepherd and Bev Windley lost both of theirs. The match was tied in an honourable draw at 2-2 and 37 games each.
The ladies travelled to Collingham for a very friendly match in windy and challenging conditions. Alison Lauder and Sue Leggate again won both of their rubbers convincingly but, despite their best efforts, Lorraine Shepherd and Bev Windley could not manage a win. Again the match was tied 2-2 but this time Collingham had the better game score, winning by 32 games to 28.
Last Sunday there was another home tie in Jubilee Park against Tealby in very chilly conditions. Sue Leggate and Sam Parker won both of their rubbers. Bridgett Scott and Helen Mair drew one set all with their first opponents, winning the first set 6-2 and losing the second 6-2. In their second rubber, they lost the first set 7-5 but won the second 6-2 for a good overall win.
The next match is a local derby with the team travelling to play near neighbours Horncastle on December 12.